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A woman wearing a miniskirt in the 1960s ©TopFoto.co.uk

Blowing sky-high the notion that the English are a reserved bunch, the miniskirt exploded out of Swinging London on to the fashion scene in 1966.

Popularised (and some would claim invented) by British designer Mary Quant, the miniskirt caused controversy and car crashes wherever it was worn.

This little item of clothing is the ultimate symbol of London as the trendsetting, youth-exalting, pop culture capital of the world.